04 Dec Update: Ghana’s incumbent President and the former President signs Peace pact
The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo and former President John Dramani Mahama appended their signatures on a peace pact on Friday December 4, 2020 on behalf of their respective political parties to portray peace before, during and after the December 7 polls.
An agreement was reached by both parties on a six-point resolution read by Chief Justice Kwesi Annin Yeboah in the witness of Ghana’s National Chief Imam, Sheik Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, Chairman of the National Peace Council, Reverend Dr. Ernest Adu – Gyamfi, President of the National House of Chiefs, Ogyeahuhuo Yaw Gyebi II and the Executive Director of the Institute of Democratic Governance.
Diginties across the African continent graced the ceremony. In attendance were Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General for West Africa and the Sahel and Head of the United Nation Office for West Africa Dr. Mohammed Ibn Chambas, Former Liberian President and Head of ECOWAS Observer Team Mrs. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Head of European Union Delegation of Ghana, Ms Diana Acconia, the chairperson of the Electoral Commission of Ghana, Mrs Jean Mensah, head of security agencies and the leadership of the two major political parties.
The treaty saw the light of day through elaborate consultations with the leadership of the two major political parties, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
President Akuffo Addo reiterated his commitment to the peace and stability of the country and assured the Ghanaian people of his readiness to the accept the verdict of the election.
“I have said that we believe in elections and I am happy to give my word that we shall accept the verdict of the people of Ghana. Above all, I pledge that the peace , unity and safety of Ghana will be our primary consideration” Akuffo Addo said.
John Mahama on the other side also said he stand for peace and therefore pledged to ensure peace before, during and after the election.